IDC forecasts that worldwide IT spending will increase by 6.3% in 2006, as economic stability in the U.S., Europe, and Japan combines with continued robust growth in emerging markets. Growth will be strongest in the software market at 7%, while hardware and services are both expected to post overall growth of 6% this year.
‘Last year, the intensifying infrastructure upgrade cycle drove IT spending to its fastest rate of growth since Y2K,’ said Stephen Minton, vice president of IDC Worldwide IT Markets. ‘Buyer activity really picked up in the second half of the year, contributing to improved margins and revenue for systems vendors and worldwide IT spending growth of 6.9% for 2005.‘
‘IDC expects the upgrade cycle to weaken somewhat, leading to slightly weaker overall growth in 2006,’ said Juan Orozco, program manager, IT Markets and Strategies. ‘There will be greater momentum, however, in project-based spending and key application areas, including business intelligence and content management, as enterprises return to a focus on the front-end, strategic importance of technology .’
In the U.S., overall growth in 2006 will be 5.8%, a slight decline from the 6.4% expansion of 2005. Strongest growth will be posted in network equipment, outsourcing services, and system infrastructure software, including security tools. Elsewhere, improving economic conditions are contributing to an enhanced outlook for IT spending in Western Europe. where overall IT growth will reach 6% this year. Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) will enjoy 9% growth in 2006, led by double-digit spending gains in China (14%) and India (21%).
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